The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class

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A&C Black, Feb 28, 2011 - Political Science - 208 pages
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This book presents the Precariat – an emerging class, comprising the rapidly growing number of people facing lives of insecurity, moving in and out of jobs that give little meaning to their lives.

Guy Standing argues that this class is producing instabilities in society. Although it would be wrong to characterise members of the Precariat as victims, many are frustrated and angry. The Precariat is dangerous because it is internally divided, leading to the villainisation of migrants and other vulnerable groups. Lacking agency, its members may be susceptible to the siren calls of political extremism.
To prevent a 'politics of inferno', Guy Standing argues for a 'politics of paradise', in which redistribution and income security are reconfi gured in a new kind of Good Society, and in which the fears and aspirations of the Precariat are made central to a progressive strategy.

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Guy Standing has succeeded in his book addressing a fundamental social issue. The book is well written and focused in its narrative style.
Indeed there is growing social group of teens within our
social fabric which is a new dangerous class.
No one can deny the global existence of this class . ! This class include the young graduate teens who end up working for a minimum wages if they were lucky.
I have concluded the precariat partly causes the wide spread of addicts in our today’s troubled society.
This is very good read book for majors such as social studies , psychology and an excellent source of information to school counselors.


Preface to the revised edition
Why the precariat is growing
Who enters the precariat?
Victims villains or heroes?
Labour work and the time squeeze
A politics of inferno
A politics of paradise

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Guy Standing is Professor of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK. He has previously been Professor of Economic Security at the University of Bath, UK, Professor of Labour Economics at Monash University, Australia and Director of the Socio-Economic Security Programme of the International Labour Organization. He is co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network. His recent books include Work after Globalization: Building Occupational Citizenship (2009) and Beyond the New Paternalism: Basic Security as Equality (2002).

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